The poem, "A Wife....", published at first in 1614 was abundantly reprinted within the next sixty years. It was one of the most exceptionally popular books of the 17th century.- Overbury, sent to the Tower of London in April 1613 by king James I, died in Sept.1613 due to a chronic poisening. With each new printing of the poem "A wife", registered Dec.1613 after Overbury's death, more material was added including more "Characters" beginning from 1614, various elegies for the deceased knight, as well as other pieces of prose and poetry, raising the question of the authorship of all these new texts. Many writers contributed under their initials prefatory verses to the early editions of the ‘Wife,’ as well as to separate aspects of Thomas Overbury [and Robert Carr/Frances Howard]. Among the writers were William Browne and John Ford. - Richard Niccols ( ‘Overburies Vision’) in 1616, and Samuel Rowlands "The poysened knights complained" (1614) , John Dunbar, "Epigrams", 1616, p. 104; Thomas Scot, "Philomythie", 1610; John Owen, Epigrams, 1612, and contemporary variations like ‘A Second Select Husband,’ by John Davies (of Hereford) in 1616; ‘The Description of a Good Wife,’ by Richard Brathwaite, and Patrick Hannay's ‘Happy Husband,’ in 1619 but als George Chapman, "Andromeda liberata"(1614), Thomas Campion and others .
When one realizes that the courtier Overbury was a virtually untraceable literary figure before his death 1613 then the sudden eulogies and abundance of presentations of so many contemporous writers and authors must be understood as the suitable attempt of the hidden and incognito poet-genius itself [Marlowe] to disclose metaphorically his fatal destiny metaphorically behind the analogy of a murdered courtier with the help of a multitude of pseudonymous autornames such as William Shakespeare (W.S) John Ford (Jo.Fo.), Richard Niccols (R.N.) etc
In 1616 [the year of Shakspere's death in Stratford] in the dedicatory texts (s.sample excerpts above) you may recognizea poet of great fame describes himself whose life seems identical with a concealed poet genius, who died once but whose life continued "once dead twice alive" .."he might have lived had not the life which gave life to his life , betraid him to his grave , "twice the sun went rrounf ,since thy soule fled, onely that time men shal term thee dead, hereafter raised to life") and who was already falsely buried (1616 Shakspere[Stratford]."...so over-buried in a false beliefe. ---thou are not gone nor canst descend in oblivion etc etc...-
The literary story around the courtier Thomas Overbury strongly supports the idea of the surviving poet writing under a multiplicity of pseudonyms (As absurd or grotesque it may sound!)- (Ben Jonson 1616 in "On the Towne's Honest man"...and in the fit of miming, gets the opinion of a wit, executes man in pictures, by defect from friendship is its fames own architect,...